Students Say

Westmont College is a small “Christ-centered” bastion of the liberal arts in sunny Southern California that “provides a phenomenal education” and “a spiritually nurturing environment.” Highlights include small classes, more than 80 majors and pre-professional programs, and a “Mayterm” that affords opportunities to study around the world. There is “a lot of homework,” and “no matter what the class, the professors involve God in some way.” “The administration gets the job done,” and while bad teachers “do exist” here, the “very personable” faculty members “take a genuine interest not only in the academic well-being of their students, but also their personal, relational, and spiritual lives.”

Overview

Applicants
2,145
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.84

GPA Breakdown

29%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 660
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Westmont College is a small “Christ-centered” bastion of the liberal arts in sunny Southern California that “provides a phenomenal education” and “a spiritually nurturing environment.” Highlights include small classes, more than 80 majors and pre-professional programs, and a “Mayterm” that affords opportunities to study around the world. There is “a lot of homework,” and “no matter what the class, the professors involve God in some way.” “The administration gets the job done,” and while bad teachers “do exist” here, the “very personable” faculty members “take a genuine interest not only in the academic well-being of their students, but also their personal, relational, and spiritual lives.” Professors are “fun to hang out with,” too. “A group of us regularly watches cheesy old movies at one prof’s house over homemade dinner,” reports a senior. “Westmont feels very sheltered from some of the harsh realities of the outside world. It has an unrealistic cozy feeling to it,” admits a junior. “However, it is also an environment which is especially proficient at fostering educational growth.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
156
with Terminal Degree
98

94
Men
62
Women
22
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Small Business Administration/Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dennis Cope, MD
Vice Chair of Medicine, Med. Univ. of So. Carolina

John Crew, MD
Vascular Surgeon, UC San Francisco

Mark Zoradi
President, Buena Vista Studios

Dean Hirsch
President/CEO World Vision International

Anita Perez Ferguson
Dir of Training and Educ. Prog., Dem. Nat'l. Comm.

Pauletta DeVaughn Ayerhofer
International Opera Singer, Austria

Ron Shelton
Writer/Director

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

The emphasis on spiritual growth and service to humanity is as important as that of academic pursuits, and many students see their path as more vocational. The Office of Life Planning is always available to help students find their calling, and offers counseling (both academic and vocational), mock interviews, résumé writing workshops, and assistance with internships found through alumni and partner networks. An online database of jobs and internships is also available to students. Fifty-six percent of Westmont College graduates who visited Payscale.com felt that their jobs were impacting the world in a meaningful way; the average starting salary was $41,200.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$41,200

Median Mid-Career Salary
$89,100

Alumni with High Job Meaning
56%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
85

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

Tuition runs $30,422 with room and board costing an additional $9,622, but on average almost 73 percent of undergraduate need is met. Sixty-nine percent of students borrow from a loan program, and graduate with an average debt of $31,937.

Bang For Your Buck

Westmont wants to make its education available to all those who are called to be in its halls, and awards more than $21 million in scholarships and grants each year. An average of 95 percent of incoming first-year and transfer students receive academic and/or talent-based (athletics, art, dance, theatre and music) scholarships. On the academic front, the Monroe Scholarship offers full-tuition scholarship to a few high-achieving first-year students; the President’s Scholarship gives $15,000; the Provost’s Scholarship gives $13,000; and the Dean’s Scholarship gives Dean’s $10,000. Westmont also offers a Cultural Diversity Award of $1,000, and has scholarships available to transfer students.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,901

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,611

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,327

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,937

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,960
Required Fees
$1,030
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$500
Transportation for Commuters
$900

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Westmont students are “Christians who want to help the world be a better place.” Most grew up “surrounded by church and church members for the majority of their lives.” Not everyone is “the sold-out Christian who is seeking God in everything” but just about everyone is “interested in a personal relationship with God.” “There is a remarkable sense of community here.” “The weirdest of us all have people who truly care about them,” asserts one student. Westmonters are “usually healthy-looking” and “genuinely nice.” They are “serving, caring,” and “creative.” “Most are fairly wealthy.” For whatever reason, a whole lot of guys play the guitar. Politically, “the largest on-campus political group is conservative” but there are “enough lefties and righties to keep hot topics hot.” “Missionary kids who have grown up all over the world” add some variety, but many students lament an overall lack of ethnic diversity.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,305
Out of State
25%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

61% female
39% male
25% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

This “beautiful and peaceful” campus boasts “breathtaking views of the mountains and the ocean.” “Dorm life is very communal” and the campus is generally buzzing with intramural sports, theater productions, concerts, and activities galore. “People take advantage of the gorgeous Santa Barbara weather,” too. “Bonfires at the beach” are commonplace and Westmont could well be the Christian surfer capital of the world. Fun is often “very G-rated.” “Drinking happens” but it’s “an underground thing” that occurs off campus, mostly when students “hit up clubs on State Street.” Rules concerning alcohol and much else here are “a little strict.” “You can’t have the door closed” when a person of a different gender is in your room, just for example. Many students call Westmont’s mandatory “tri-weekly chapel” “a blessing.” Others call it “nap time.” Also, “only juniors and seniors can have cars” and Westmont’s grub could improve. “The food is perhaps some of the worst that I have ever eaten (except when I try to cook for myself),” says a freshman.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
84%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
40

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Warriors)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Warriors)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Univ. of Calif. Santa Barbara
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Average Number of PC's per Lab
38

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Barbara Jensen
Visit Coordinator

Phone
800-777-9011

Email
admissions@westmont.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Beach
State Street (downtown Santa Barbara)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: 9am to 4pm on Mondays - Fridays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Santa Barbara airport is approximately 20 minutes from campus.
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Key Stats

2,145
Applicants
1,305
Size
70%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists